Troubled qualifying for Team Ireland in Mexico Mexico City, 24 March 2007; Team Ireland endured a difficult qualifying in Mexico City today with driver Richard Lyons 20th fastest after struggling to find a set-up on the car capable of producing...
Troubled qualifying for Team Ireland in Mexico
Mexico City, 24 March 2007; Team Ireland endured a difficult qualifying in Mexico City today with driver Richard Lyons 20th fastest after struggling to find a set-up on the car capable of producing a good lap time over the demanding Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. Despite a recent upturn in performance that saw Team Ireland among the top four fastest cars in qualifying in the most recent event in South Africa, the team was unable to find a competitive set-up here in Mexico, leaving Lyons and engineer Gary Anderson with a major task ahead of tomorrow's A1GP of Mexico.
Friday practice saw Team Ireland's Reserve Driver John O'Hara back behind the wheel for the first time since Malaysia, setting the 16th fastest time, while Lyons then took over for official practice. Final practice this morning saw the Irish car lose time in the pits due to a broken gearbox component. In qualifying Lyons ran new tyres on his first, third and fourth runs, setting an individual best lap time of 1m28.492s, compared to the fastest lap of pole sitter Alex Yoong of Malaysia who produced a lap of 1m26.490s.
Richard Lyons; Qualified 20th, 2m57.300s on Aggregate; "It has been a very frustrating weekend so far and we just haven't been able to get on top of the car. We've tried a number of different set-ups but the problem has been the car's behaviour over bumps and also a level of understeer that it's just not been possible to drive through. I have a big job ahead of me tomorrow to score points from this position, but we are going through everything with the team this evening and will try our best to come up with a solution for the race."
Gary Anderson, Technical Director; "It's been a confusing day because although we have tried a number of things the speed hasn't been there. We've acted on the basis of what the car is doing and how Richard is finding it to drive, but clearly we're a long way off at the moment as qualifying showed. There may be a deeper problem we haven't yet found, but we'll whatever possible to cure it."
-credit: team ireland